Locals Help U.S. Defeat Canada


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Jamie Langenbrunner
Brian Rafalski

myveronanj-usvcanadaWhen we wrote about the Verona connections to Olympic hockey last week, we noted that the U.S. is a young team and Canada was favored to win the gold. So much for handicapping. The U.S. stunned Canada yesterday 5-3 in preliminary play that could make Team USA a top-seed going into Wednesday’s quarterfinal. And our home boys played a big part. Former Verona resident Brian Rafalski had 2 goals and “the game of his life,” according to the Star-Ledger site. Team Captain Jamie Langenbrunner, whose kids attend school in Verona at Our Lady of the Lake, scored the winning goal. West Orange resident Martin Brodeur, whose kids attended nursery school in town helped too, in his way: He let in 2 key goals as Team Canada’s goaltender.

Check out this video of Langenbrunner’s send-off from OLL students:

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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